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All Saints Day

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All Saints day falls on 1st of November. It is a day to remember the legacy, death and memory of loved ones and friends who have gone home to be with the Lord. On the first Sunday in November we observe a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. {{more: continue …}}
We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregations. For this reason, the names of persons in the congregation who have died during the past year may be solemnly read as a Response to the Word.
A Saint is a christological hero. A Saint is one who trusts and has trusted in the Gospel, and is finally redeemed 100% by mercy and God’s determination to win us in the end.?
Revelation 21:1-6a is a shimmering window into God?s future which we get to be a part of. But again, the text speaks beautifully and triumphantly across the centuries. The names, the music, the hope in silence: that?s the Word of God for this day. We also read in John 11:32-44 which reminds us that this text has the shortest, and yet most elegant and meaning-overflowing verse in all of the Bible: ?Jesus wept.? Th The full heart of God on bold display. Verses 33 and 38 say that Jesus ?grieved? or was ?deeply moved? or ?troubled.? These verses help us to realize, that like us Jesus wept when he lost his friend whom He loved. We also are reminded that Jesus weeps when we weep and hurts when we hurt as He walks with us through joys and trials of this life.?

On Sunday, November 4, we will observe All Saints Day. Please arrive a little early to Worship. We will have a white cloth hanging in the vestibule where we will write the names of loved ones and friends who have joined the Church Triumphant.

See you on Sunday!
“I don’t know how, but I know WHO!”

Pastor Nelda

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